Book Review: The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

Author: Rhonda Byrne

“The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne is a book based on the theory of “Law of Attraction”. Published in 2006 it has been translated into 50 languages and has sold 30 million copies worldwide.


The book focuses on the theory that positive or negative thoughts bring positive or negative experiences in one’s life (which is true to some degree). ‘The Secret’ further affirms that just by changing our thoughts from negative to positive, by visualizing what we desire, and by believing that we have already received what we wish for, we will not only fulfill all our desires but also completely transform our lives for good. It also mentions that many great personalities like Plato, Beethoven, Galilei, Einstein, Edison, etc. used “The Secret” (of positive thinking and visualization) to achieve greatness in their respective lives. Byrne asserts that by realizing ‘The Secret’ one can cure diseases, lose weight, achieve success, and stay happy forever.

My one-word description for this book is “Absurd”. There is no flow in the language, no structure, no cohesive theme; it’s an assembled collection of quotes and statements by various individuals. Byrne casually arrives at conclusions and gives examples without mentioning a single reference. Some of the theories are paraphrased and repeated that it feels like watching the same sales advertisement again and again until you end up buying the product. And this book is a bestseller is the reinforcement of the fact that media can absolutely sell anything. Just because “The Secret” showed up on “the Oprah Winfrey show” suddenly the book sold like a hot cake and everyone was swearing by it. The book is not just poorly written but also delusional. According to Byrne’s Secret, you need to visualize and believe that the cupcakes you eat daily are making you thinner and bam, the cupcakes have zero calories. 😀 So, the bottom line is you can happily give this book a pass and spare yourself the horror of reading it.

Rating for this book- */5

 

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